Organising an innovation camp? Here are 4 things you need to consider

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Filed under: Development 2.0




Last month’s “Healthcare Heroes” was our fifth innovation camp in five years. For the uninitiated, social innovation camps are intended as a space for using tech to solve social challenges. These two-day events help to crowdsource ideas, especially from those citizens (youth, or minorities) who are often lacking access to contribute to issues directly affecting… Read more »

Step aside, Pokemon Go: Moldova goes Mega to fight climate change

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0




The economic losses of Moldova related to natural disasters are almost 61 million USD. The disastrous droughts of 2007 and 2012 affected over 70 per cent of the territory of the country. They were also historically the most severe droughts in the entire instrumental record period. Though the intensity and frequency of such disasters are expected… Read more »

From the periphery towards the centre: making “innovation” the new normal at UNDP

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  A recent evaluation of our work by MindLab gave us an opportunity for reflection. “Embedding innovation in our business processes” is an aspirational mantra we often hear. We realize now that the mantra, with its emphasis on system thinking, goes against the very grain of the  culture of a very project-orientated organisation. What we… Read more »

A Perfect Marriage: Bringing together development and entrepreneurship

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According to some estimates, achieving the Global Goals will cost $172.5 trillion by 2030. Consider that aid towards developing countries currently sits around $350 billion annually. It’s clear there is a major gap in funding between where we are and where we want to go. Some relevant questions we often ask ourselves: How can we… Read more »

People helping people: It’s a new day for public services in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion




With growing internal migration and weakening economic situation in the region, it is no surprise that the isolation is becoming an increasing issue in Kyrgyzstan. According to the Social Fund, over 38% retirees live below the minimum living wage, with more than 5,000 claiming they feel lonely. Liudmila is a 77-year-old lady who has been… Read more »

Major funding experiment under way! Here is everything you need to know.

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As development practitioners, we often wonder how effective our interventions are and what we could have done differently. The burden on our shoulders is even higher when we are testing a prospective government policy that, once scaled up nationally, might have considerable social impact and would affect public purse. Evaluation of the public policies or… Read more »